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Akamai crosses 100Tbps for Web traffic delivery

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Global content delivery network Akamai has achieved a peak speed of 106Tbps on its network, the first time that the peak volume of data has exceeded 100Tbps.

The company said in a statement that it had crossed 1Tbps only in 2008, while late last year it had achieved speeds in excess of 70Tbps.

“Delivering 106 terabits per second is roughly the same as downloading 3300 two-hour HD movies every second, or nearly 12 million an hour,” Akamai executive vice-president and general manager, Media & Carrier, Adam Karon, wrote in a brief blog post.

He said the traffic was largely driven by a popular video game update, along with “the staggering amount of other content and data delivered at the same time” across the Akamai intelligent edge platform.

“What makes Akamai unique is the ability of our edge platform to support individual streaming events at tremendous scale — whether it’s a major sports tournament viewed by millions, game downloads or the final episode of a popular series — while simultaneously delivering the same high-quality performance for thousands of other customers conducting business on our network,” Karon wrote.

“We take enormous pride in delivering some of the largest online events the world has seen. But what’s truly impressive has been our ability to do this without impacting the performance we provided for other customers.”

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